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Grateful Dead Live at Century II Convention Hall on 1972-11-17




Set 1

The Promised Land
Sugaree
Me And My Uncle
Tennessee Jed
Black Throated Wind
Bird Song
Jack Straw
Box Of Rain
Don't Ease Me In
Beat It On Down The Line
Brown Eyed Women
Big River
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Around And Around
Casey Jones

Set 2

Cumberland Blues
El Paso
He's Gone
Truckin' ->
The Other One ->
Brokedown Palace ->
Sugar Magnolia
Uncle John's Band
Johnny B. Goode


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date November 17, 1972
Venue Century II Convention Hall
Location Wichita, KS

Source SBD > Master Reel
Lineage Master Reel > Cassette > DAT > CDR
Taped by Unknown
Transferred by Mike Lai


Notes

Jeff Tiedrich reports this is more likely MR> C> C> DAT

Reviews

Reviewer: Pig's Pal - - February 3, 2015
Subject: Pitch
Mike Lai's version sounds much better, but is a few cents sharp in my opinion. Just enough to bug me. Break out the pitch corrector.
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Reviewer: gr8fuldad73 - - September 2, 2014
Subject: 11-17-72
Rockin' 72' gr8 show.nice playing.Phil sounds awesome.
Reviewer: HeadlightOnANorthboundTrain - - July 23, 2014
Subject: Great Show from an Epic Year!
I just pre-ordered this as Dave's Picks Vol. 11. Very tight show that's consistently great throughout. One of the Best Bird Song's ever (right up there with Veneta 8-27-72). Phil is actually able to sing Box of Rain much like the American Beauty studio version! Can't think of a better He's Gone with an outstanding jam. Love the Truckin-Other One. Up tempo Around & Around which I like better than the slower versions that came later. Excellent soundboard recording...very crisp! The Dead nail it on this show...5 Stars!
Reviewer: chris phillips - - May 11, 2014
Subject: massive
This is a great show straight through. While Bob's songs shine, Jerry is on it.
BTW is as good as any, same for A+A and Sugar Mag.
The Other One is deep.
Reviewer: kochman - - December 17, 2013
Subject: Wich\ita, Kansas never knew what hit them
Set 1
The Promised Land starts us off in fine, rock n roll fashion.
Sugaree keeps a nice tempo and basically perfect technical execution by the boys.
Me And My Uncle is another great version. Jerry just going to town behind Bobby singing.
Tennessee Jed comes in a bit cut with sound quality issues, you can only hear the guitars kind of. Not sure what happened, then Jerry’s voice comes in. The SQ gets fixed, but the playing is pretty mellow. The finale is solid, per the standard.
Black Throated Wind is a pristine version. Not overly vocalized by Bobby (well, maybe a tad at the end), and Jerome really runs his fingers across the strings during the finale.
Bird Song is another solid effort. If this show maintains this level of performance it will become a “hidden gem” in my book. Beautiful tone on Garcia’s guitars as we soar above the golden wheat fields of Kansas.
Jack Straw. Speaking of Jack Straw from Wichita! Massive cut, in the Wichita, Kansas version. Heart breaking. Anyhow, when it does cut back in, it sounds great. Not a definitive version, but certainly enjoyable.
Box Of Rain is a nice follow up.
Don't Ease Me In
Beat It On Down The Line
Brown Eyed Women, after two well performed but not desired songs, this was a nice push back into greatness.
Big River maintains the energy.
China Cat Sunflower >I Know You Rider features a nice transition that goes into Rider fairly early and spends a good amount of time jamming out that theme rather than the tradition China portion. Nice energy and execution.
Around and Around is a full on rocker.
Casey Jones somehow lost a bit of steam, due to a Garcia choice I believe, where he chooses a few notes instead of many in a certain part. Listen and see if you agree.

Set 2
Cumberland Blues opens the set in style! Great playing by Garcia in particular. All the country folk pep you could ask for, with good singing as well.
El Paso continues par excellance
He's Gone has a good tempo to it, as we open the meat locker up. This version features on of the finest post Gone thematic jams I’ve heard in the song. Starting at about 10 minutes Garcia makes every second of the next 3 minutes count before it slows down to drop nicely into…
Truckin' -> comes out of a dead silence, but within a full measure, securing the “transition” consideration by a hair. The song picks up the pace nicely, and burns through my mind as Garcia once again distracts me from what I was doing as I multi-task. This then settles into a nice bluesy jam after the “explosion”. This jam then moves toward familiar territory.
The Other One -> the theme steps in and we have about 20 minutes of music coming for the apex of the meat sequence. After the first verse we head into somewhere between exploratory and spacey. Around 8 minutes in the energy has pushed us into the jam we are all familiar with in this era, that can be thrown in the middle of a Dark Star or TOO with ease. Around 12 minutes in Keith takes over for a nice, dark solo, and then Jerry scales up behind him about a minute later. Keith wasn’t ready to just turn it over and they have a nice moment. Billy, as always during these jams, can’t be stopped. It just gets darker from there, and the peak finally breaks through in style and we get a short return to theme for the second verse.
Brokedown Palace -> mellow us out just nicely.
Sugar Magnolia
Uncle John's Band has a lyrical flub, but it’s really irrelevant at this point.
Johnny B. Goode finishes us off in style, just as we started and maintained pretty much throughout the show.


The playing in the first set is virtually flawless, on a technical level. There was no PITB, which was unusual, but the energy within the set was there regardless.
The second set promises more of the same.
While this show may not have “bells and whistles” in the form of massive extended jams or a lot of thematic oddities, it is completely enjoyable.
Great SQ. The cut is Jack Straw is obviously ironic.
Reviewer: njpg - - October 25, 2012
Subject: Brilliant concert
An evening to stretch the mind. High quality recording.
Reviewer: Dylan M - - September 7, 2011
Subject: Great show from the most solid run imho
Nothing like these September through November 1972 shows. So many boards available and so much inventive and evolutionary playing occurring.

This Wichita show escaped my collection some how. Standout moments are obviously with the jams (Bird Song, He's Gone, Truckin>Other 1 segment) but the standards are all executed well.

Keith in particular is killing it during the jams. So great to hear him as a key melodic inventor of that nights music. Both guitars can be heard clearly and everybody is on.

Not as good as the next night of the tour or the Cleveland show from the end of October, but Mike Lai's excellent transfer brings this recording to full appreciation value. Thanks!
Reviewer: Tidewater four ten O nine - - March 1, 2011
Subject: Ironic ........
Heh Pangolin, you're not wrong - overall a great show. But ain't it ironic that the only ever Jack Straw from Wichita (or maybe there are more and I just ain't looked hard enough?) in Wichita is cut/flawed/f*cked!!!!!

Still a great show though (apols for repeating myself) and, perhaps, just perhaps, maybe there's another Wichita somewhere in the sky and the Jack Straw is played/recorded to perfection.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - March 1, 2011
Subject: More Greatness from 72
We can share the women, we can share the wine now we play for life.... that skip in Jack Straw really threw me off!

While maybe not as strong as the Europe run, this is still the Dead riding a peak.

Excellent Box and a superb Bird song in the first set. In the second set we're treated to a gorgeous Brokedown Palace and an very exploratory Other One featuring some great jazz piano work by Keith.
Reviewer: Jinglebell Rainbow - - August 11, 2010
Subject: Great Other One
Great Other One on this show though it does appear to have a cut. The jam is classic Jazz-72-Dead-rock and rip. Mellow as it is up to that point it seems like the boys were setting us up for the mind trip that the Other One offered us. Great stuff. and into Brokedown. Can't loose.
Reviewer: blang16 - - March 26, 2010
Subject: Just a wonderful, let it all roll Truckin' Other one jam
Just perfect . Original enough to distinguish itself from every other one. Inspired (really), and energetic. Yet spacey and dreamy at times. Bluesy and rockin'.
Great sound. Good instrument separation. This show has a distinctive sound.

This was just exactly perfect.

I"m working my way through the archives, this one gave me pause.
Reviewer: chobez - - December 2, 2008
Subject: awesome sit list
nice little nug of 72'!
Reviewer: pnc - - August 30, 2008
Subject: Very Solid...
This is great, I think. And this source sounds WAY better, imo, than the other reviewed source. Much more crisp. These late '72 shows are so different from those early in the year, Europe or even the great August shows. Harbingers of truly great things to come in '73-74. Love it!
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